Tea rose mining controversy ends

Malolos City, Bulacan — The controversy over the extraction of the rare and expensive tea rose marble from the mountains of eastern Bulacan is finally settled with Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado banning its extraction and Malacañang supporting its protection.

Alvarado revealed yesterday that his administration has gained the support of President Aquino particularly in the provincial government’s move to secure 257 blocks of wire-sawed tea rose marble blocks from the hallowed grounds of the Biak-na Bato National Shrine in the boundary of San Miguel and Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT).

[caption id="attachment_102918" align="aligncenter" width="461"] DAMAGED TEA ROSE MOUNTAIN — This is what remains of the beautiful pink-colored stone mountain within the Biak-na-Bato National Historical Shrine in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan, after miners extracted the rare and expensive marble that is in demand for use in the most luxurious hotels in China and Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Freddie C. Velez)[/caption]

In a letter dated Jan. 21, 2014 from the Legal Affairs Department of the Office of the President and signed by lawyer Michael Aguinaldo, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President, Malacañang has given full authority to the provincial government on the disposition of the disputed 257 blocks of tea rose marble subject to the terms and legal conditions of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The DENR confiscated the blocks of marble upon the governor’s order to ban the extraction of the very rare and considered most expensive marble in the world.

Tea rose marble can only be found in the mountain ranges of Bulacan, particularly in the eastern part of DRT, covering more than 100 hectares of land that is also rich in other mineral resources.

The governor had prohibited the extraction of mineral resources like copper, iron-ore, cement, gold and marble of different colors.

Among the countries who have a high demand for tea rose marble are China and the United States. Tea rose marble can be seen in two of the most famous hotels in Las Vegas.

It was recalled that Alvarado banned the extraction of tea rose marble shortly after he assumed the post of governor in 2010 because aside from the degradation of the forest and mountains, illegal mining also desecrated one of the most sacred places in Philippine history, the national shrine of Biak-na-Bato.

It is the site of the establishment of the Biak-na-Bato Republic, one of the three republics born in Bulacan during Philippine revolts against Spanish colonial rule.

The mining tea rose marble also became controversial because of the continuing court battle over territories where the pinkish slab of stone was being mined.

It is also blamed as the cause of many killings, including the summary execution of Rodante Marcial allegedly by communist rebels and the gunning down of spouses Constantino and Dr. Lourdes Pascual, owners of Roosmore Mining Company, in the past.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina
    Pacquiao pleads for Indonesia to spare death row Filipina

    World boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao took time out Monday from final preparations for his $400 million megafight with Floyd Mayweather to plead for the life of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia. Pacquiao, a national hero in the Philippines, added his voice to a chorus of global opposition led by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the executions of a group of eight foreign drug convicts, including compatriot Mary Jane Veloso. The eight-division world champion, who will face …

  • Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia
    Halt Indonesia drug executions until graft claims probed: Australia

    Australia urged Indonesia Monday to delay the execution of two men for drug offences until a corruption probe into their case is complete, after a report that judges sought tens of thousands of dollars in bribes. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within days, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. The Indonesian attorney-general's office said the executions would take place this week but did …

  • FordPH Launches the All-New Mustang
    FordPH Launches the All-New Mustang

    Ford Philippines launched the all-new Mustang in a rock concert held at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, last week .  The All-New Mustang is the sixth generation since Ford  launched the first model in April 17, 1964. “The all-new Mustang represents the very best of Ford and its arrival marks the latest chapter of the iconic muscle car’s rich legacy, crafted with a more contemporary look and feel.  With a history spanning more than 50 years, this iconic car is at the heart and soul of Ford and …

  • China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit
    China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit

    By Manuel Mogato and Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on Monday, as the Philippines drew the ire of Beijing which called its objections to the work "unreasonable". The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, which was supposed to showcase the 10-member bloc's progress towards economic integration, was overshadowed by the …

  • The ‘All You Need’ 2015 Isuzu D-MAX launched
    The ‘All You Need’ 2015 Isuzu D-MAX launched

    Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) just recently introduced the 2015 Isuzu D-MAX pick-up truck at the Clark International Raceway to show that their pick-up model can conquer any kind of terrain.The high-end LS variant and standard LT 4x4 is now equipped with a more powerful engine, the 4JK1-TC (Hi) 2.5-liter engine which with Common Rail Direct Injection and an intercooled Variable Geometry System (VGS) turbocharger. IPC also introduced a new standard ride variant, the LT-X 4x2 manual …

  • Limited Edition Honda CR-V and Jazz now available
    Limited Edition Honda CR-V and Jazz now available

    If you’ve always wanted to be part of an exclusive group of car owners, now might be the time for you to consider getting a Honda CR-V or Jazz.  Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) just came out with their limited edition All New Jazz and New CR-V. …

  • ToyotaPH hit its highest monthly sales last March
    ToyotaPH hit its highest monthly sales last March

    Toyota Motors Philippines hit its highest monthly sales to date last March, registering 10,237 units sold.  This recent CAMPI report puts Toyota’s market share at 43.5% last month. …

  • VolkswagenPH launches Child Safety Initiative
    VolkswagenPH launches Child Safety Initiative

    Volkswagen Philippines just  launched the VW Child Safety Initiative (CSI) campaign which aims to support child safety on Philippine roads at the just concluded Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). The World Health Organization’s road safety facts show about 1.24 million die each year globally as a result of vehicle related accidents. Child restraint systems like child seats and booster seats also reduce risk for children by about 70% for infants and upto 80% for small children. This …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options